South Korean airlines have temporarily stopped their flights to and from Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines also announced that its flights to and from South Korea would be stopped on March 5 due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
Korean Air is planning to stop its flights to and from Ho Chi Minh after its flight from Ho Chi Minh to Incheon scheduled for 11:00 p.m., March 4. Its flight service between Hanoi and South Korea has already been stopped and service between South Korea and Da Nang was canceled on March 3.
When it comes to Asiana Airlines, flights between Ho Chi Minh and South Korea will be stopped on March 6 after those from Nha Trang and Da Nang to Incheon were stopped on Feb. 26 and March 1, respectively. Most low-cost carriers such as T’way Air, Jin Air and Eastar Jet already took the same measure.
Earlier, in the morning of Feb. 29, the Vietnamese government banned the arrival of South Korean passenger jets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. In addition, it stopped visa-free entry of South Koreans on Feb. 29. Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways stopped its service between Vietnam and South Korea on Feb. 26. As of March 3, 36 and 51 countries were prohibiting and restricting the entry of South Koreans, respectively.